Then Job answered the LORD, and said,…
I. JOB'S ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOD'S GREATNESS. Throughout his speeches Job had frequently asserted the majesty of God. But now he has a new view of it, which turns awe into reverence and fear into adoration.
II. JOB'S CONFESSION OF HIS IGNORANCE. He felt that in his past utterances he had been guilty of saying that which he understood not. It is a very common fault to be too confident, and to match our little knowledge with the wonders of the universe. "Behold, we know not anything," is man's truest wisdom.
III. JOB'S HUMBLENESS BEFORE GOD. A great change had passed over his spirit. At the beginning he had sought to vindicate himself, and to charge God — with the strangeness and the mystery of His ways. Now, at the close, he repents in dust and ashes, and even abhors himself for his effrontery and impatience.
IV. GOD'S CONDEMNATION OF JOB'S FRIENDS. The friends of Job had not spoken the thing that was right of God and His ways. They had ascribed a mechanical severity to His administration of human affairs. In addition to that they had shown an acrimonious spirit in their denunciation of Job. So God reproved them, and ordered that they should prepare a burnt offering of seven bullocks and seven rams to offer for their sin.
V. JOB'S ABUNDANT PROSPERITY. Great End prosperous as Job had been before his afflictions, he was still greater and more prosperous afterwards. God gave him twice as much as he had before.
(S. G. Woodrow.)
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